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The Better Infrastructure Initiative national launch

Reforming Australia’s infrastructure practices

The Better Infrastructure Initiative launch was joined by Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government and Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

The John Grill Centre for Project Leadership launched the Better Infrastructure Initiative at a function on Monday 15 February, joined by The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government and The Hon Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and other senior industry executives to mark the occasion. This new initiative aims to help Australia reform its infrastructure practices to meet long-term challenges in a more responsible, collaborative and innovative way. Placing people and customers at the centre of all infrastructure governance will be the mark of distinction for the initiative.

The centre also announced the inaugural leadership partner for the initiative, the National Australia Bank. This will commence a four-year Leadership partner program between the John Grill Centre and the National Australia Bank (NAB).

The first policy outlook paper was released on the day, Re-establishing Australia's Global Infrastructure Leadership which sets out an ambitious agenda for reform and opportunity for Australia. The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Major Projects, congratulated the John Grill Centre on the Better Infrastructure Initiative and on the issue of this very important paper, noting "Transport infrastructure can sometimes, unfairly, be seen as a fairly stolid and unimaginative sector. In fact, as the paper reminds us, there is ample opportunity to be flexible, nimble, agile and creative."

The Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Stephen Garton noted that the centre has already made great inroads to achieve project excellence through its education and research under the pillars of infrastructure, energy and business transformation and that “the Better Infrastructure Initiative will serve as the catalyst to advance the centre’s infrastructure agenda”.